The Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) is a scientific instrument aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft. In 1995, the spacecraft will be put into a halo orbit about the L1 Lagrangian point (equal Sun and Earth gravity). The MDI looks at the sun continuously and takes a picture with a large format CCD camera every 3 seconds. The design goal of the mission is 6 years, so over 60 million pictures will be taken. The sun, being a high intensity source, provides a signal with a single pixel noise level of 0.2 percent. Many images are combined to measure the oscillatory motion of the sun so very high performance is required of the mechanisms in order that they not add noise to the data. The MDI instrument is made up of two parts, the electronics package and the optics package. This paper describes the design and testing of three mechanisms on the MDI which are required to operate large numbers of times.